The toothpick physique is out, and resilience—inside and out—is the new ideal. That's according to Gabrielle Reece, the beach volleyball legend, New York Times best-selling author, wife, mother, and host of the new reality fitness show STRONG, debuting tonight on NBC.
“I’m 6'3" and 175 pounds on a small day," she says. "Am I ever going to be a size zero to two? It’s never going to happen. For a lot of people, being the best you that you can be doesn’t mean staying model-thin or having an unrealistic expectation of yourself. Our physical body alone isn’t the complete definition of what makes us strong."
While she’s traveling heavily now to promote her new show, Reece admits that her own exercise regimen has occasionally fallen by the wayside. To stay balanced, “my eating gets really healthy,” she says. However, during a “perfect” week at home, the world-renowned athlete maintains a workout schedule of hourlong strength and circuit training three days a week, and low-impact pool training coupled with breathing exercises on the other days. If your own workout motivation level could use a charge, follow Reece’s top mind tricks for staying the course: